A few weeks ago I received a call on my cell phone while sitting at my desk in my office at work. The caller ID read “Home” and I answered anticipating to hear my wife on the other end. However, it was my five-year old son saying, “Hi, daddy.” I jumped in the conversation with “Hey big dawg, how was your day?” “Good,” he replied. We went back and forth a few times and then I paused giving him an opportunity, because I assumed he was calling to either ask me if he could do something or buy something. After a short silent pause I asked him a couple of more questions about his day and then paused again, giving him another shot at asking for my permission for whatever it was he wanted to do.
After a few moments of silence I said, “Luke, did you call me because you wanted to ask me something or did you just want to talk to me?” He replied, “I just wanted to talk to you.” Oh man, my heart was touched. At that moment he could have asked me for anything and my answer would have been “yes” because he just wanted to hear my voice and talk with me.
On my way home from work I was reflecting over the call I received from my son earlier in the day, feeling both loved and proud he was my boy. Then it was like the Lord gently said me, “When was the last time you spoke with me, not because you wanted to ask me for something, but just because you wanted to speak with me?”
How much more would a God who owns all the cattle on a thousand hills want to bless me out of His abundant riches if throughout the day/week I prayed to Him not because I wanted to ask Him for something, but just because I wanted to talk with Him?
Thank you, God for using children to teach me what is most important in life. "...Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" (Matthew 19:14).